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Wind Farm Points the Way to Jobs for the Future


The Australian Greens have cautiously welcomed Hydro Tasmania’s announcement it plans to build a 200 turbine wind farm on King Island off the North West Coast of Tasmania.


Greens Leader Christine Milne said, “Tasmania has such a bright future if we embrace the clean, smart, jobs-rich industries like renewable energy that the Greens have been working to support.

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ESAA divided but Greens call for increase in RET

"As the Climate Change Authority takes submissions on the renewable energy target it's hardly surprising that the vested interests of the old fossil fuel order are doing everything in their power to undermine the renewable energy target." Christine Milne, Leader of the Australian Greens said today

"If Australia is to make the transformation to a clean energy economy we need to move to 100 per cent renewable energy as quickly as possible with the Renewable Energy Target increased to at least 50 per cent by 2030.

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Sun rises on Climate Change Authority

The independent expert Climate Change Authority has released its first issues paper, calling for submissions to its review of the Renewable Energy Target.

"This important first paper from the Climate Authority points to the impressive potential of renewable energy such as wind, solar, tidal and geothermal to power our country without polluting the atmosphere and driving global warming," Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Senator Christine Milne Press Conference

Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Christine Milne, held a press conference in Hobart today calling for an increase in the Renewable Energy Target (RET), Tony Abbott's refusal to join the multi-party reference group on asylum seeker policy, Labor's attack on progressive voters and Afghanistan.

She also commented on Miranda Gibson, who has set a new Australian record on her 209th day in the Observer Tree.

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Hockey prepares ground to support $10b Clean Energy Fund

Tony Abbott's claim that he will repeal all aspects of the climate change package is looking even more suspect today after Joe Hockey prepared the ground for keeping the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

Mr Hockey told the National Press Club that: ‘if elected, one of my earliest administrative tasks to improve public finances will be to meet with senior public servants to identify the real commercial value of the NBN and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and their treatment in the Budget.'

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$10b for renewable energy a step closer

Jillian Broadbent's expert review for the design of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation strongly endorses the Greens' efforts to make this world-leading investment in renewable energy a reality through the Clean Energy Package negotiations.

"Australians are famous early adopters of new technology and we love renewable energy in particular, but renewable energy has been held back in Australia by successive government. So I am sure the CEFC will prove to be enduringly popular," Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Renewable Energy Target and carbon price work hand in hand

"Governments and experts around the world who are serious about climate action understand that carbon pricing needs to be go hand in hand with industry and R&D policies that stimulate the development of the clean technology alternatives," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

"The climate scientists' warnings are only getting more urgent. That means we need both carbon pricing and industry policy working together towards 100% renewable energy and deep cuts in emissions as fast as possible.

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Native forests reprieve as Oakeshott defeated

Parliament today rejected Rob Oakeshott's motion to disallow regulations on renewable energy that form a key part of the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee's agreement from last July.

The regulations, which Mr Oakeshott sought to disallow but which are now law, ensure that native forest furnaces cannot be counted as producing renewable energy - a major win for the climate and for protection of forests and wildlife habitat.

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Momentum for Clean Energy Finance Corporation is good news for jobs, economy & climate

The announcement of Sydney as the base for the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, a key plank of the agreement for a carbon price between the Greens and the Gillard government, is good news for jobs, the economy and the climate, the Australian Greens said today.

"The Clean Energy Finance Corporation is one of the most important planks of the carbon price agreement delivered by the Greens and the government," Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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